Homophobic and transphobic abuse and violence are huge problems – most of us know someone who has experienced this at some point. But the information about homophobic and transphobic hate crime is very limited because many people do not report their experiences. Unless the police, local and national government understand the true extent of homophobic and transphobic violence and abuse, and the impact it has on the lives of individual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, services will not be developed and strategies will not be implemented to tackle this violence.
There are lots of reasons why people choose not to report to the police, but if you don’t want to tell the police, you can still tell us:
- We are completely independent of the police – we are an LGBT community-based organisation.
- We never share confidential details with the police or anyone else, unless you want us to.
- We can help to monitor the type and extent of homophobic and transphobic violence in London and use this information to work for more and better services for LGBT people
- We can lobby the police, local and national government to develop strategies to tackle and prevent violence, such as education campaigns in schools
- We can work for changes in the law to protect LGBT people from victimisation and for greater penalties for perpetrators
- In order to address our communities’ needs, we need to know where violence happens.
- We may be able to identify ‘violence hotspots’ and warn members of the community to be vigilant
However the only way we can do any of this is if you tell us what is going on.
Even if you report to the police, it is worth telling Galop for our own monitoring purposes.